TCR Australia Rewind – Brown seals the deal
Just as Supercheap Auto TCR Australia prepares to crown it second series winner, think back to more than two years ago when Will Brown took the inaugural title with a round to spare at Sandown.
Brown had already scored six victories at this stage; however, he didn’t add to this at Sandown where Argentinian factory Honda WTCR driver Nestor Girolami took the first clean-sweep in Supercheap Auto TCR Australia history.
Instead, a second in Race 1 was followed by seventh in the second due to a poor start dropping him back. The only saving grace was key title rival Dylan O’Keeffe was enduring an even tougher round in the Ashley Seward Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR.
Due to O’Keeffe’s troubles, Brown could do the bare minimum to seal the inaugural Supercheap Auto TCR Australia title, though it didn’t begin well when he spun at Turn 3.
On the cans, HMO Customer Racing’s Scott Fulcher expressed the importance of wrapping up the title at Sandown.
“There’s a lot riding on this,” Fulcher told the television broadcast. “It’s be great to win the first TCR Australia Championship, so the aim for this was to just go out and stay clean, it hasn’t really been clean this weekend, but so far it’s looking good from a points perspective.”
A seventh place in Race 3 sealed the title for Brown and added another achievement to Hyundai’s growing list in TCR racing worldwide.
“It feels awesome,” an elated Brown revealed post-race. “It’s a bit bittersweet after fencing it by myself at Turn 3, but we fought back and was able to pass a few people to get there.
“I can’t thank the boys from HMO Customer Racing enough.”
Brown was able to celebrate a month later at The Bend when he was confirmed as series winner, taking one win at the round to cap off a successful season for the team and the i30N TCR.